According to a report by Kotaku, Sony is planning to release a new version of the PlayStation 4 that will include increased graphical power and the ability to output games in 4K resolution.
Sources tell Kotaku that Sony has started briefing developers about the new hardware, which take the form of an upgrade for current PS4 owners or an entirely new device. Whatever it is, it will include an upgraded GPU used to output games at 4K resolution and to add more processing power for games that support PlayStation VR, which is launching this fall.
Right now, the PS4 can only output photos and video at 4K, which is about four times the resolution of 1080p. Giving the PS4 the ability to output higher fidelity games would be a way to keep the console competitive with more powerful PC gaming rigs, but given that a good PC that can output games at 4K will set you back about north of $1300 easily right now, it’s hard to see how Sony will be able to sell this ‘PS4.5’ for any less than $500. Sony has yet to confirm anything, so there are still many lingering questions surrounding all of this.
This report comes on the heels of the recent news that Microsoft is exploring the idea of releasing periodic hardware updates for the Xbox One, which generated a similar confused response from journalists and industry experts about how such thing could be implemented in the console space. If Sony does plan on releasing a more powerful version of its current home console, the company is going to have a bit of an uphill battle in convincing consumers to shell out the money for new hardware AND an expensive VR headset.